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Torok Eager For Must See Sprint Debut At Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – Fourteen-year-old Brenden Torok will step onto the biggest stage of his young racing career during this weekend's Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season opener at Anderson Speedway.


After a year's worth of serving as a crew member for veteran owner John Reiser and working on Charlie Schultz's machine, Torok will take the steering wheel in his own right for his series debut with the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car series during Saturday's Must See Racing 50.

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Torok will pilot the No. 99 for Koyan Racing, under the guidance of car owner Dave Koyan as well as Reiser as he embarks on his maiden voyage at the quarter-mile, high-banked bullring.


"I'm really excited for this weekend and I know it's going to be a really cool experience," Torok said in advance of the race weekend. "I know we have a 605 crate (engine) compared to the typical 410s, but what definitely helps us is that this is a small track where the power doesn't matter quite as much on the straightaways as it does on some of the bigger tracks.


"This weekend is exciting because a lot of the sprint cars from my home track (Lorain County Speedway) are coming up as well to compete, so there will be a lot of familiar faces," he added. "Hopefully we'll be able to put on a show racing one another, as well as all the Must See veterans I've gotten to know over the past year of being at the race track on a regular basis."


Though the prospect of his first Must See Racing event is admittedly, a little intimidating, that factor hasn't stopped Torok from preparing as much as he can to be as ready as possible on Saturday.


However, that preparation came with a bit of a funny snag along the way.


"I've watched a lot of video to help prepare myself for this weekend," explained Torok. "It's actually a funny story. I was on YouTube ... and apparently there's two tracks named Anderson – there's also one in South Carolina – and for a while I was watching the wrong track! I finally texted Charlie (Schultz) a photo of the video I was watching, and he told me I didn't have the right one.


"I felt a little dumb after that, but we had a good laugh about it."

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Brenden Torok in action during a recent test session at Lorain County Speedway. (Connie Scott Photo)


Though Torok knows he's a bit down on power compared to the top stars of the Must See Racing ranks, he knows that his primary goal is to go to school every time he hits the race track.


"I think at the beginning we'll have a good race going on, but for sure if the race goes into long runs, the 410s will start to gap us some," Torok admitted. "This weekend, for me, is all about getting experience and gaining respect from the veterans as much as I can. It's exciting to have this opportunity, especially at just 14 years old. I would have never thought I'd be here back in my quarter midget days.


"I want to get my name out there, and this weekend will be a big start to that process."


To that end, Torok doesn't have a specific finishing position in mind that he'd like to achieve. Completing laps and not damaging his race car are the main objectives come race time.


"I just want to have some decent luck and not crash the car," said Torok of his weekend mission. "I want to roll the thing back in the trailer in one piece and just have fun in the process. I know it's going to be a new experience, so I just hope to learn as much as I can and soak it all in along the way."


While Torok won't make a full run for rookie-of-the-year honors, he did say that he and Koyan Racing plan to make additional selected starts this season, beyond just Saturday's season opener at Anderson.


As he transitions from crew member to driver in the Must See Racing pit area, Torok was quick to note and look back on what it means to have come as far as he has in so short of a time period.


"The whole weekend is going to be awesome. To be racing with Charlie and Adam (Biltz) and all the people I've been helping all this time is pretty special to me," noted Torok. "I can't wait to get started."


Friday evening will see an open practice and cookout for the Must See Racing sprint car teams at Anderson, followed by Saturday's full racing program.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series. USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and the Midwest Champ Carts will also be on the racing card for the May 4 program.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Loaded Rookie Class Set For Must See Sprint Opener

HOLLY, Mich. – As the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro season prepares to kick off this weekend at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, one of the prevailing storylines circles around the impressive class of rookies that will take to the track this season.


In fact, more than a half-dozen rookie contenders are entered for Saturday's Must See Racing 50 at the high-banked, quarter-mile Indiana bullring, a testament to the growth and stability of the series.

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Brenden Torok, seen here testing at Lorain County Speedway, will compete in select Must See Racing events this year. (Connie Scott photo)


This year's Must See Racing rookie battle will be led by an open-wheel veteran in Joe Liguori, who has a wealth of experience in midget and USAC Silver Crown cars through the years, but will be embarking on his first season of touring action in a winged 410ci asphalt sprint car.


From Lebanon, Ind., Liguori is a past recipient of the Rumble in Fort Wayne's David Lesiecki Award for Untiring Dedication and Devotion to Motorsports, as well as a multi-time feature starter at the historic indoor midget event. He earned three top-10 finishes in four Silver Crown appearances last season.


Liguori is excited by the new challenge of pavement 410ci sprint car racing, as well as looking forward to competing at Anderson, a track he's had plenty of experience at over the course of his career.


"I grew up racing pavement in Florida," Liguori noted. "I ran open wheel modifieds, some mini stocks and a handful of sprint car races with TBARA between 2004 and 2008. My record book shows that I'm a better pavement racer than I am a dirt racer, so it made sense as I've gotten a little older to come back to pavement racing this season and see what we can make of it.


"I've won at Anderson in national midgets, (Ford) Focus midgets, regional midgets and even Kenyon midgets, so it's a track that I'm familiar with and know how to get around and I'm excited to be back there this weekend."


Another rookie, albeit less of a household name, hoping to leave his mark on the Anderson quarter-mile this weekend is 14-year-old Brenden Torok, piloting the No. 99 sprinter for car owner Dave Koyan.

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Joe Liguori will tackle the full Must See Racing schedule for the first time in his career this season. (Jacob Seelman photo)


Torok will contest select Must See Racing events amid a full-season pursuit of the Crate Sprint championship at Ohio's Lorain County Speedway, a class in which he won two races last season.


The teenager is eager to get started against the tough competition that Must See Racing provides, especially after spending last season as a crew member for series veteran Charlie Schultz and gaining the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of the asphalt sprint cars he'll be driving regularly this year.


"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to race on the stage that Must See Racing provides this season, especially being that I'm just 14," said Torok. "It's a great opportunity and one that I'm really thankful for. I've already been watching a lot of video to learn as much about the track as I can and I'll be relying on a lot of the knowledge I gained working with Charlie (Schultz) last season to get up to speed quickly during the race weekend. It's an exciting time and we hope to have a lot of fun."


Recently announced to the seat of the Mike Blake Racing No. 81 is 15-year-old Clintonville, Ohio, young gun Trey Osborne, who will team with Blake to run six races at Anderson this season, including Saturday's Must See Racing winged event and the non-winged Pay Less Little 500 on May 25.


Osborne is the reigning United States Speed Ass'n Mel Kenyon Midget Series champion and became the first driver in that series' history to lock up the championship prior to the final race of the season when he clinched the title a month early in 2018.


Other rookie contenders expected to be in action include Lorain County regulars Tim Henthorne and Joshua Sexton and Indiana hotshoe Tyler Roahrig, who will race at Anderson in the No. 99 entry of longtime asphalt sprint car owner Wayne Stickney.


Roahrig is a pavement late model standout in the Midwest who came back from injury to race again after a frightening super late model crash at Anderson in 2014 forced him to relearn how to walk.


Contending against the rookies will be a loaded crop of veterans seeking to defend their turf, including four-time series champion Jimmy McCune, Anthony McCune, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom, former supermodified ace Charlie Schultz and another veteran in Tom Jewell.


Friday evening will see an open practice and cookout for the Must See Racing sprint car teams at Anderson, followed by Saturday's full racing program.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


The full night of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV.com, as well as recorded for tape-delay broadcast on MAVTV through the award-winning SPEED SPORT television series. USAC infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT telecast.


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, the Mel Kenyon Midget Series, late models, Legend cars and the Midwest Champ Carts will also be on the racing card for the May 4 program.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

Must See Sprint Season Set To Ignite At Anderson In May

HOLLY, Mich. – After a longer-than-anticipated offseason, the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will kick off its new season on May 4 at one of its longest-running facilities, Indiana's Anderson Speedway.


The high-banked quarter-mile will play host to the Must See Racing season opener for the first time, as a star-studded field of drivers tries to conquer the Hoosier State bullring during the Must See Racing 50.


Leading the charge for the series regulars will be four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune, who romped to another title last season on the strength of five victories during the course of the year.

 

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The 2019 Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season will begin at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in May. (Chris Seelman photo)


McCune, who boasts a series-best five victories at Anderson (2010, 2015 hat trick, 2017), will be looking to get back to victory lane there after being bested by a dominant Chris Neuenschwander one year ago.


Neuenschwander is expected to be back, however, to try and defend his victory from last year's Must See Racing 50, again driving the No. 10n Pro Strip/NAPA Auto Parts entry for car owner Ron Koehler.


His victory last fall saw the New Haven, Ind., veteran charge from seventh to the win, lead 48 out of 50 laps and put all but runner-up McCune a lap or more down by the time the checkered flag waved in one of the most dominant performances in series history.


Aside from McCune and Neuenschwander, longtime series veteran Tom Jewell will be back in the White Hare Racing No. 7 to take another stab at securing his first Must See Racing victory, while National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and three-time Pay Less Little 500 champion Jeff Bloom is also expected to compete.

 

Canadian Ryan Litt will return to Must See Racing competition this season in hopes of unseating McCune for the series championship, with former supermodified ace Charlie Schultz and McCune's nephew – Anthony McCune – also projected to be title contenders, as well as in the mix for an Anderson victory.

 

The list of non-series regulars who could play a factor at Anderson is equally as loaded, too, with North Carolina's Tony Grams and Ohio's Trey Osborne among those with plenty of bullring experience.

 

Osborne is a past Mel Kenyon Midget Series winner at the Anderson quarter-mile and will pilot the Mike Blake Racing No. 81, while Grams is entered in his own No. 22 machine.


The Must See Racing 50 at Anderson will be broadcast live on pay-per-view by Speed Shift TV, as well as taped for broadcast on the SPEED SPORT television series on MAVTV. United States Auto Club pit and infield reporter Georgia Henneberry will serve as the pit reporter for the SPEED SPORT broadcast.


And while the likely winner of the season opener won't be known until the first Saturday in May, one thing is for certain: with more than 20 cars projected to be in attendance, the action on the track will be fast, furious and entertaining – all hallmark qualities of The World's Fastest Short Track Cars.


"All of us at Must See Racing are extremely eager to kick off the 2019 season after a long winter, and there's hardly a better place to do so than at Anderson Speedway, which is deeply tied in to both the history of Must See Racing and the history of sprint car racing as a whole," said Must See Racing President Jim Hanks. "Having the Must See Racing 50 as our season kickoff this year, with so many potential storylines to follow, will make for a strong launching pad for our racing calendar this year.


"We hope the fans will come out and join us on May 4 as we hit the track for the first time in 2019."


In addition to the Must See Racing sprint cars, late models, Legend cars and the Midwest Champ Carts will also be on the racing card for the May 4 program.


Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with rotating practice beginning at 5 p.m. Qualifying will start at 6:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 8 p.m., immediately following opening ceremonies.


For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.


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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing

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